It might seem strange to associate ‘falling in love’ with a book. After all, isn’t a book just a collection of words? While that is true of ordinary books, the Bible is no ordinary book, in fact, it’s extraordinary. Falling in love with the Word of God will utterly transform your life.
The Word of God has withstood the test of time. Sixty-six books, penned by forty authors, in three different languages over a period of 1,500 years. No other work can compare. Consider this, the soul that’s saved and the Word of God are two things that will last for all eternity.
Here’s how I came to appreciate the value of God’s written Word. As I sat at my desk early one morning, I thought about a difficult situation which had caused considerable pain. My mind entertained fearful thoughts, and I became angry and frustrated.
So I did what any mature believing Christian would do, I buried my face in the palms of my hands and began to cry, stopping only long enough to whisper, “help!” I distinctly heard the Lord say, “Open your Bible, rest your hands on the pages, and hang on.” There I sat palms down covering the thin, crisp pages of my Bible. Suddenly, the negative emotions which had held me captive only moments earlier were gone. Excitement and joy filled my heart, and I felt secure holding onto the well-worn pages of my Bible. I was at home in the Word.
Perfect and without compare
The Bible’s pages and familiar passages had come to life in the midst of my circumstances and more importantly, within my heart. God heard my cries that morning, and He’d redirected my focus off my problems and onto His Word. Jesus said the Spirit gives life while the flesh profits nothing. He also said that the words He spoke are spirit and life (see John 6:63).
In Hebrews 4:12, the original text reveals profound meaning. God’s Word is alive, active, and effective. It is razor-sharp and can penetrate in a way which separates even the soul and spirit, joints and marrow and recognizes the difference between the thoughts and proper understanding of the human heart. There’s nothing like the Word of God.
- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
How to fall in love
A scribe once asked Jesus about the first commandment. He responded, “Hear, O Israel; The Lord, our God, is one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and will all thy soul, and will all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30).
When we genuinely love God, we will make spending time in His Word a priority in our lives.
Jesus said, beware of what you hear (pay attention) because by the same measure (degree) to which you mete (ascertain value), the same will be measured back to you. And for those who hear, even more, will be given (see Mark 4:24).
Strategies to build on:
- Commit to spending quality time reading your Bible, every day. That means doing whatever it takes to protect your quiet time. Find a private place to study or wake up an hour earlier. And remember to silence your phone.
- Read with intentionality. Follow a reading plan, explore a question, look for an answer to something you’d like to know, or just ask God what He wants you to see.
- Read out loud, highlight verses, and makes notes. It will increase your interaction with the text and improve your ability to remember what you’ve read.
- Keep a private journal and record what you’ve learned and what you hear God saying.
- Take time to stop and ask God to speak to you. Wait on Him. Resist every distraction and don’t give up. Wait. He will speak. The more you “practice,” the better and more consistently you will hear God’s voice. He’s waiting on you!
For further study: Hebrews 4:12; John 1:1-4; and Matthew 6:21.
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